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1. About naamsa

naamsa | The Automotive Business Council is a non-profit company [NPC] established and registered to house the activities, assets and reserves of an industry body which represents the collective, non- competitive interests of the new motor vehicle industry in South Africa. All major multi-national automotive corporations operating in South Africa are members of naamsa.


Our vision is to be the most credible thought leader and a respected partner of a globally competitive and transformed automotive industry that contribute to the sustainable development of South Africa. It is our mission to play a transformative role towards a cleaner, safer, and sustainable industry that creates prosperity for the people of South Africa. Our purpose is to responsibly advocate for just mobility solution.

naamsa strives to achieve the following objectives:

  • advocate, lobby, promote, advance, protect and represent the interests of the auto industry;
  • promote trade, foster and stimulate growth for and on behalf of the auto industry;
  • actively participate in conversations and activities that advance the automotive industry’s
  • competitiveness locally and globally;
  • act as a portal for expert knowledge on industry regulations;
  • collect, process, and circulate statistical information and other key industry data in compliance with the requirements of the SA law and in accordance with auto industry’s reporting protocols;
  • proactively communicate the role and the importance of the auto industry in the economic life of SA.
Strategic Objectives

The four defined strategic objectives that naamsa must achieve to bring its vision to life are:

  • Public Policy | shape and influence the operating environment;
  • Transformation | invest in sustainable and value adding initiatives to advance socio-economic progress;
  • Data Management | optimise the stock of knowledge; and
  • Growth | resource for success.
Our Values

The three core principles that guide naamsa’sinternal conduct as well as our relationship with our members, government, partners, and other stakeholders.

2. About The Role


Chief Technology Officer


Reports To

naamsa Chief Executive Officer


Purpose of The Role

The Chief Economist will be responsible for all economic related information to shape and influence economic policy and regulations that could impact directly on the automotive industry. The incumbent will manage and maintain all auto specific economic policy strategies on behalf of the automotive industry in South Africa. The Chief Economist will also analyse emerging domestic and global automotive business trends, assess and examine key automotive-related topics and issues and develop positions on how the industry should respond or manage policy outcomes.

The three core principles that guide naamsa’sinternal conduct as well as our relationship with our members, government, partners, and other stakeholders.

3. Key Responsibilities

  • represent the automotive industry at all key strategic economic policy discussions and forums to influence and shape future automotive policy direction;
  • conduct or commission research and analysis of current developments and future trends in the South African automotive market;
  • develop and maintain strategic relationships with key contacts in Government, academia, and the broader business community;
  • serve as an expert resource for the auto industry on economic issues, and analyse economic trends to forecast future business conditions and publishing reports on those forecasts;
  • develop and recommend changes to industry policies based on economic data and findings;
  • meet with regulators and other Government officials to discuss current economic conditions and potential impacts on the auto industry;
  • periodically conducting research on economic topics such as consumer spending patterns, labour market trends, and investment opportunities;
  • conduct analysis of economic data to track patterns over time, and prepare presentations on economic trends or financial performance for internal or external stakeholders;
  • lead naamsa’s special economic and tax policy research projects;
  • collate and prepare the naamsa State of the Auto reports;
  • study the production or manufacturing process of the automotive industry in South Africa and develop industry-wide policy mandates that can be canvassed through and with different Government departments;
  • manage industry recall campaigns strategies, the automotive grey import strategy and support our members in the development of automotive industry compulsory standards specifications;
  • conduct economic research and analysis to support the development of auto specific policies;
  • conduct research, write reports, papers, and articles on economic trends, and forecasts on economic indicators such as inflation rates, interest rates, and unemployment rates;
  • present findings to the naamsa CEO Advisory Council, the Board of Directors, members, and other audiences; and
  • act as Chairperson of the naamsa Technical Committee.

4. Essential Requirement Skills and Attributes

  • a Master’s degree and/or an equivalent post-graduate qualification in economics, mathematics or another closely related field;
  • a minimum of 10 years with senior operational or management experience;
  • data analysis – understanding of indices, fundamentals and analytical data, etc;
  • must be proficient in working with numbers, analyse tables and complex data sets;

The closing date for your applications is Friday, December 22, 2023 at 16:00. Late applications will not be considered.

Send your comprehensive CV to Mme Theresa NEL:


Thank you for your interest and look forward to hearing from you.


Best wishes,
naamsa | The Automotive Business Council

The most credible thought leader and respected partner for the automotive industry.